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Skins Block The Saints


The New Orleans Saints have been looking to fill a void in their front office for a director of football administration since February and were recently rebuffed by the Redskins. The Saints wanted to interview Skins VP of football administration Eric Schaffer, but were denied, league sources said.

It's a slightly unusual move, but given the time of year - with the draft upcoming and lots of contracts to hammer out - not entirely surprising. Schaffer has been with the team for six years and spends most of his time doing deals, analyzing contracts and managing the nuances of the salary cap.

How much blame to put on him for the oodles of poor contracts and the NFL record $80-plus million in dead cap space since 2000 is hard to pinpoint, however, given how hands on owner Daniel Snyder is in this regard, and the fact that Vinny Cerrato and Joe Gibbs were also charting the course the past 4 years, with Schaffer taking cues from them and much lower down the hierarchy.

Two other teams blocked the Saints from interviewing their cap guys as well, league sources said, with both teams putting together new management teams. Atlanta refused to let Brian Xanders, their director of football administration, interview as well and Miami denied permission for the Saints to speak to Matt Thomas, their general counsel/football administration.

A message for Schaffer was not returned. The Saints lost their previous football administrations guy, Russ Ball, this off season when he went to Green Bay.

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 8, 2008; 4:46 PM ET
 
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